Akira (2020 Restoration) #AnimeMonday!

Neo-Tokyo is about to E.X.P.L.O.D.E.

Based on director Katsuhiro Otomo‘s landmark dystopian manga of the same name, this enduringly popular work of Japanime is a visual feast, featuring epic, hand-drawn cityscapes as a backdrop for a sexy, violent cyberpunk adventure that takes place in the post-apocalyptic city of Neo-Tokyo (in… 2019!). The story follows a teenaged boy who is exposed to a mysterious energy source, and develops telekinetic powers that place him at the center of a conflict that may destroy the world.

“‘Akira’ is distractingly bloody and violent, but its phenomenal animation and sheer kinetic energy helped set the standard for modern anime.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

“An impressive achievement, often suggesting a weird expressionist blend of 2001, The Warriors, Blade Runner and Forbidden Planet.” (Time Out)

“A phenomenal work of animation with all the hallmarks of an instant cult classic.” (New York Times)

“Easily the most breathtaking and kinetic anime ever made.” (Village Voice)

#AnimeMonday, January 3
Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Tickets $13 advance HERE | $13 at the door

Starting December 22, 2021 all events at the Rio Theatre are operating at 50% capacity. Advance tickets are recommended for all shows to ensure entry and seating. Online sales for every screening automatically end one hour before any given showtime.

*Minors permitted in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
*Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK for any single film screening only. Please redeem at the box office.
*If you are looking to redeem your tickets to either a canceled Rio Theatre screening or a Rio Theatre gift certificate, please email <[email protected]> with info including your name, canceled receipt number, gift certificate info, what you are wanting to see and when, and we can make the switch for you in advance. Alternately, you can bring this information with you to the venue, and we will do our best to help you at the box office.

In accordance with the Province of British Columbia’s current PHO from the Ministry of Health, all eligible patrons must present their proof of vaccine status for entry. No exceptions.


AKIRA (Katsuhiro Ôtomo, 1988 / 124 mins / PG / Japanese with English subtitles) In 1988 the Japanese government drops an atomic bomb on Tokyo after ESP experiments on children go awry. In 2019, 31 years after the nuking of the city, Kaneda, a bike gang leader, tries to save his friend Tetsuo from a secret government project. He battles anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader until Tetsuo’s supernatural powers suddenly manifest. A final battle is fought in Tokyo Olympiad exposing the experiment’s secrets.

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